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My art is on Ebay!

Road Curves Left, 5x7" pastel on paper inspired by the Manistee National Forest. ©Marie Marfia.
Road Curves Left, 5×7″ pastel on paper, available in my Ebay store starting 1/14/19 at 9pm.

I have been selling my original art on Ebay for about five years. I don’t do it all the time, but once or twice a year I get the urge to start posting paintings. Why do I do this? A few reasons…

It reinforces my daily painting habit. I am under a compulsion to paint every day so that by the time I’m 80 I’ll be freaking awesome at it. Since I’m splitting Ebay sales with a worthy cause (see next paragraph), boom! there’s built-in accountability to keep me on the straight and narrow.

It helps others. This year 10% of my landscape sales go to AFFEW, which is a local environmental group. I spend a lot of time wandering around Mason County, gobsmacked by the scenery, and I want to make sure those beautiful views are around for future generations. Happily, AFFEW does too, so they’re an organization I am happy to support.

I. Need. More. Space. I realize pastel paintings are flat, but when you’re painting every day, they pile up. I have boxes of paintings stacked in the corners of my studio as well as my storage space. So selling daily paintings on Ebay keeps the stacks to a minimum.

It’ll make me famous! Not really, but I enjoy the idea of my art being dispersed to all four corners of the planet. I’ve sold pieces to people living in just about every state in the union plus a few overseas. Frankly, my art is more well-traveled than I am, which I find both sad and hilarious.

It fits my impulse-driven lifestyle. With Ebay a painting sells or it doesn’t within 7 days. If it doesn’t sell I throw it in a re-work pile. Then sometime during the next six months I pitch the re-work pile, usually because I’m trying to make room for a pile of new stuff. Problem solved!

It’s my drug of choice. I get the same dopamine rush when someone bids on one of my Ebay paintings as I do when eating an entire bag of Lays potato chips, but this is better because not only does it mean another painting is leaving my studio, it’s also not making me fat(ter)! Since my goals this year include reducing my weight and my inventory, Ebay is a win-win.

So there you have it, some of my reasons for using Ebay as an art sales outlet. Here’s the link to my Ebay store. Thanks for looking and happy bidding!

Long Shadows, 9x6" pastel on paper, inspired by the Manistee National Forest. ©Marie Marfia.
Long Shadows, 9×6″ pastel on paper, available in my Ebay store starting 1/16/19 at 9pm.
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pastel painting on paper of a tree in the woods

Happy New Year!

Whew! The holidays are done and it’s time to start resolving, right?

This year I want to concentrate on remembering that I have enough of everything I need and to give as much as I can to causes I believe in. I think this has something to do with me turning 59 this year. There has been some research on 9-enders, that is people who are of an age ending in 9, and hey, that’s me. These 9-enders tend to do significant things at these times of their lives, like run their first marathons or start non-profits to help others, so I’m in good company when it comes to making some changes.

One of those things that I feel strongly about and would like to support with my art is the environment. So I’m going to re-start selling my daily paintings on ebay and donating 10% of sales to a local organization called AFFEW (A Few Friends for the Environment of the World). They educate the public, do beach clean ups and sponsor hazardous waste collection days, among other things. I hope you’ll help me support them by purchasing a daily painting or two.

pastel painting on paper of a tree in the woods
“Through a Screen of Pine” 9×6″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. Available soon on ebay.

I plan to start the auctions of daily paintings next week Monday, January 14, 2019. Here’s a link to my ebay store. Please bookmark it and check back often to see what’s available.

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pastel study of a sky and woods and a road

Cracking the Landscape – pastel study of a road and woods and sky

pastel study of a sky and woods and a road

Cracking the Landscape, 6×9″ pastel on paper. © Marie Marfia. Available $110.00

Cracking the Landscape

You can’t see it, but my car is parked just up ahead.

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Cool and Dark-pastel painting of a path into the woods

pastel painting of a path through the woods

Cool and Dark, 7×5″ pastel painting of a path through the Manistee National Forest. ©Marie Marfia. Available $75.

Cool and Dark

Here’s a small pastel of a path leading into the cool and dark woods. I love going for walks in the Manistee National Forest with my two dogs. Lately the sun comes up sometime after we start so the forest is always shadowy and mysterious.

Here’s a time-lapse of this piece. I was working on the floor of my house. I live in a small place and this was the best light to work by, right in front of the sliders.

This piece is available in my web store.

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Sunlit Path – pastel painting of a path through the woods

pastel painting of a sunlit path through the woods

Sunlit Path, 9×6″ pastel painting of a path through the forest. ©Marie Marfia. Available $110.

Sunlit Path

One of three pieces that I did yesterday morning after walking through the woods. Not everything is dark! Sometimes there’s light coming through all the trees. Just keep walking! That’s what this piece says to me.

This painting is available in my webstore for $110.

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pastel painting of a path leading to a dark wood

Towards the Dark, pastel painting of a dark forest

Towards the Dark

Here I am sitting on the floor in my tiny house, working on the third pastel of the morning. I’ve been trying to do more work per day because I think it’s the only way I’m going to get better. The first two little paintings were fine and I’ll probably post them later but this one is the one that I really liked. Just like the overall ominous quality of it and the way the path just stops dead in front of that line of dark forest.

Here’s the finished piece:

pastel painting of a path leading to a dark wood

Towards the Dark, 9×6″ pastel painting on paper. ©Marie Marfia. This painting is available, $110.

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